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Looking to pick up a new camera (DSLR)

Any photographers on this forum?

I am looking at the following...

Canon XT
Canon XTi
Olympus Evolt 500
Nikon D40x

Ranging from 8mp to 10.2mp.

Anyone have any suggestions? Or pointers? This will be used for non professional reasons. Taking it on hikes/camping trips, scrap booking my house being built and vacations.

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I'm always partial to Canons and Minoltas, but all you listed are good cameras. I would go with the one with the best resolution. Watch out, though. Some cameras will claim 10 mps but actually are 5 to 6. They are only 10 by disabling the zoom, locking the window into 'what you see is what you get' mode. I hardly think any you listed would pull this stunt but I'd check them out to make sure.

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Well they are all listed pretty high on all sites online. Just curious is anyone has had any hands on time that can tell me what they personally feel is the best.

cm thanks, I will be sure to check out the resolution.

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No personal experience with those cameras. I bought a Canon EOS 5D with 12.7 Mega Pixels. I selected it primarily because I also own a Canon A2E and have some lenses that I wanted to use on the new camera. It is one of the only digital cameras with a chip size that is equal to the size of a 35 mm film camera's negative. Which means it allows you to use lenses from a film camera and get the same performance. Most digital cameras have chips that are smaller than the negative size and give you an "artificial" zoom. In reality it is a loss of definition as the image is enlarged when viewed at any "normal" size.

Photography and digital equipment are very personal choices. All kinds of considerations, not the least of which is cost, has to be considered. Had I not invested in a prior high end Canon camera, it not clear I would have selected the EOS 5D. But now that I have it, I can vouch for its phenomenal capabilities. I have a lot to learn and this thing will keep me busy.

At first I was somewhat overwhelmed by all the flexibility. I am slowly becoming more familiar and less intimidated. Digital media is much different than film in that the lifetime cost of you photos was spent when you bought the camera. So taking lots of photos of the same things to learn how the camera settings work is free. Much different that film media where film and processing costs over several years can start to amount to a significant sum. Good luck with you choice whatever it is.

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Jim -

Yeah my brother has the Canon XT and I messed with it for about a hour yesterday, it was a nice fit with me. Just curious if the XTi is a better camera?? Other than the fact it has 10.2mp?

Anyway, Since I am not going to be taking professional pictures, I am no prepared to spend 800+ dollars on a camera. Unless the camera is that much better.

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Any photographers on this forum?

I am looking at the following...

Canon XT
Canon XTi
Olympus Evolt 500
Nikon D40x

Ranging from 8mp to 10.2mp.

Anyone have any suggestions? Or pointers? This will be used for non professional reasons. Taking it on hikes/camping trips, scrap booking my house being built and vacations.
Nikon makes incredible pics.

I don't own one, but I have a friend with the one.
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Generally, nowadays with the digital format, picture quality is similar with most of the high end cameras and the choice is mainly on the preference for aesthetics and feel of the hardware itself......heh, heh.......from your list I would opt for the Canon XTi.....heh, heh......
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I have been using the Olympus E 500 for the past year and been VERY impressed with it. Besides the two average quality zoom lenses that come with the package, I picked up a Sigma Sports Zoom which gives me up to 800mm equivalent in a very nice package.

I have been shooting with Olympus since about 1977 as both hobby and have also had pix published in House Beautiful, Southern Living, American Heritage, some catalog work, a couple of billboards, plus a collection of scenic postcards for Kentucky in the 1980s. I have never had a failure with Olympus and I have everything from their Shift lens to dedicated macro to just about their entire catalog of stuff.

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Here is a shot that I took of a pair of Mercedes 170s retired to the country with the Olympus E500 last winter. I have this blown up at a local restaurant at 20X24 with very good resolution and continued sharpness.

Note that I could not get the reflection that Shane got in his picture.

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And here is a shot of Lewis Hamilton with the E500 shooting at this year's Formula1 USGP in Indy with the Sigma Lens attached.

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